• 15
  • Mateo Gil (2011)
  • Sp / US / Bol / Ind (SUB)
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Blackthorn is a thoroughly decent western that takes up where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid left off. There's no Newman or Redford, of course. Instead, actor/playwright Sam Shepard is a grizzled, bewhiskered Butch, who somehow escaped the Bolivian shoot-out in which he was reportedly killed. Twenty years later, he goes by the name of James Blackthorn and is living quietly on a remote Bolivian ranch. But he has to take up his guns again when he crosses paths with a Sundance-style kid (Eduardo Noriega) with stolen money in his saddlebags, and half of Bolivia hard on his heels to get hold of it. Stephen Rea plays a hangdog ex-Pinkerton detective, and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, from TV's Game of Thrones, portrays the young Butch in brief flashbacks that link past with present. The film plods at times but, by and large, it's a gripping watch. With westerns rarer than hen's teeth, and decent westerns even rarer, this is certainly one that genre fans should seek out.

Plot Summary

Western starring Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega. Believed dead for 20 years, Butch Cassidy (living under the name of James Blackthorn) still resides in Bolivia but yearns to visit home just one more time. The old outlaw gets his wish when he encounters a young robber on the run.

Cast and crew


James Blackthorn
Sam Shepard
Eduardo Apodaca
Eduardo Noriega
Stephen Rea
Magaly Solier
Young James
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Padraic Delaney
Dominique McElligott


Mateo Gil

Other Information

English, Spanish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Chelsea Films
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Apr 2012
Certificate 15